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Saturday Round Up

Newport return to league action today (Saturday) as the first team travel to Petersfield Town.

Always a competitive match at Petersfield the Port squad will be very keen to repeat last weeks performance and result achieved against Romsey Town. There are no known injuries and the full squad is expected to be at Steve Brougham’s disposal. Stew Shepherd misses the match today as he is away.

Newport Reserves start their Harwoods Island League Division 2 match with an away trip to Wroxall. This time last year the young squad were venturing out on their first season in men’s football so with that season’s experience behind them they should know what is ahead. Kick off at Wroxall is 2pm.

League Season Countdown

The Wessex League Division 1 season kicks off on Saturday7th August and we will be at home to Romsey Town.

This is where the action starts for real following successful results in pre-season friendlies.

Kick off at Smallbrook is 3pm, bar will be open from 2pm and snack bar open from kick off. Printed Programmes for sale courtesy of our friends at Beardsalls Newport .

We are now opening up for player sponsorship. The proposal is the same as last season, £30 for one player or £50 for two. Ask about player sponsorship on Saturday or email info@niowfc.com and pur Player Sponsorship in the subject.

This season we will be trialling a coach service direct from St. George’s Park Newport  to Smallbrook and return after the game. This will begin on Saturday 21st August, unfortunately it may appear in the County Press that it’s starting this Saturday 7th August but that has changed since sending the article to press.

Final friendly of pre-season

Today we cross over to Portsmouth for our final friendly of pre-season as we take on Paulsgrove at Marsden Road.

Paulsgrove were strong contenders in last seasons Hampshire Premier League, keeping pace with the likes of Infinity and Millbrook (Bush Hill) who have been promoted to the Wessex League this season.

Kick off is at 3pm.

Friendly round up so far

The opening friendly of the season saw our first match at Smallbrook as we took on Premier side Baffins Milton Rovers.

An entertaining game where both sides had chances to win the match. Baffins opened the scoring in the second half and Newport equalised shortly afterwards through new signing Liam Harper.

Next up were Island League side West Wight who were missing a few players due to holidays. Although the heat of the day will have done wonders for fitness levels, the match was over by half time and ended up a 16-0 win for the Port.

Another Island League side were next, Shanklin who had reached the final of the Hampshire Intermediate Cup last year, Newport winning 2-0 , both goals coming in the first half.

On Saturday 24th July, the Port entertained East Preston of the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division, the Port winning 6-1 in a strong performance.

Don Woodford

 

Don Woodford 1943 – 2021  

 

Don was a lifelong and stalwart supporter of the Port.  

His footballing involvement began by becoming the youngest linesman in the Island First Division, a role he held until the age of 20.  

He also played for many island sides such as Cowes, Newport Reserves, Parkhurst, Carisbrooke, Barton to name a few.

Throughout the years he held many roles in the club including serving on the Supporters Club Committee, Ground Committee and supporters trust. He loved to take his sons Dean, David and Peter to Church Litten in what was considered the golden years of the club in the Hampshire League to watch home games. When the club moved to St Georges Park this trend continued by taking his grandson Kyle with him to watch games. This is when his involvement became more in depth. He would help on match days putting the flags out and selling stand seat tickets. He would also man the barriers at the end of the game and escort the officials off of the pitch. He then became more involved with the Supporters Club and helping at car boot sales on the field and in the buffet. Latterly after the passing of Ollie and Margaret Hamilton he undertook the hospitality side of club with his wife Hazel until ill health meant she could no longer fulfill the role. He hosted the visiting match and club officials at St. George’s Park during the Beazer Homes/Dr Martins Southern League and Premier League Campaign he also travelled to away games in an ambassadorial role. He continued this role until his health meant he was unable to travel so concentrated on all home matches including the reserves again until his detrimental health meant he was unable to do this. He still followed the fortunes of the club up until his last days.

First Friendly of the season

On Saturday we entertain Wessex Premier Side, Baffins Milton Rovers, for our first friendly match of the season and our first game for over six months.

Kick off at Smallbrook is 3pm, please arrive early to ensure you get in for the start, it is cash only on the turnstiles for this game but will be back to card options from our next match here. The Car Park is large and there will be marshalls on site directing you to spaces.

We will have faces old and new on the pitch so lots to be excited about, hopefully we can get back into the rhythm we were playing in before the season was brought to an end. There are approximately 400 seats at Smallbrook so please spread out to ensure social distancing is maintained. Food bar is open for snacks and drinks. Covid19 restrictions are still in place so please check in via the NHS Covid19 App or you will need to leave contact details with the turnstile stewards.

The bar area is open before the game but after the game the indoor area is reserved for players and officials to have food. The outside  seated area will be open for anyone wanting a drink after the game but seating is limited. All food and drink is by table service only.

Pre-Season Friendlies

Newport have released their list of Saturday pre -season friendlies ahead of the 2021/22 Wessex League campaign.

The first match on 10th July sees Wessex Premier side Baffins Milton Rovers visit Smallbrook.

On 17th July West Wight are the opposition at the Cowes Enterprise College 3g with a 2pm kick off.

Wednesday 21st July we are away to Shanklin at the County Ground with a 6.30pm kick off.

On 24th July we return to Smallbrook to host East Preston from the Macron Southern Combination Football League Premier Division. Kick off for this is 2pm.

Tuesday 27th July we entertain Island Division 1 Champions, Whitecroft and Barton at Smallbrook with a 6.30pm kick off.

On 31st July we take a short trip across to Portsmouth to play Paulsgrove from the Hampshire Premier League.

Other midweek friendlies against Island clubs will be added to this once they are confirmed.

Agreement reached to play at Smallbrook

We are pleased to announce that Newport Football Club have reached agreement to play the 2021/22 season at Smallbrook Stadium on the outskirts of Ryde.

As part of the agreement Newport are upgrading the floodlights at the former Wessex League ground and making other improvements that allow the ground to achieve acceptable Football Association Ground Grading .

Announcing the agreement, Newport FC Chairman, Tony Wake  said “We would like to thank Island Speedway and Ryde Saints for their assistance in agreeing this groundshare which will mean more use is made of an excellent local facility.”

“While we are looking forward to the new season at Smallbrook, our long-term future clearly involves a return to our own ground, and we are fully committed to creating a new home for Newport at a community sports facility hopefully to be opened in 2022.

“Our default position remains a move to a site off the Racecourse with work starting in the Autumn.  There has been local support for the idea of an alternative site at Seaclose and while that does indeed have advantages – not least being closer to the town – decisions will have to be made very quickly by the local authority which owns the land if that is to remain an option.

“It the meantime, we are already making preparations for next season and look forward to welcoming our fans to Smallbrook and its facilities.”

Photo from left to right: Sarah Green IW Speedway Smallbrook Stadium Manager, Stewart Shepherd Newport FC, Andy Brown Ryde Saints Manager, Steve Brougham Newport FC.

Arthur Downer

Everyone at Newport Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing this week of long term volunteer, committee member and supporter, Arthur Downer.

Arthur was more than a volunteer for the club, he was friend and companion to everyone.

In volunteering, he never flinched from a task set before him – in fact he would often be the first in line, whether it be heavy lifting, fence work or simply trailing a mower around – whatever the task, Arthur would be off doing the job before anyone else even had time to think about it.

But Arthur’s input to the club was far more than this. At meetings and debates, he would often be at the forefront with ideas and suggestions to promote the club. At no matter what level of importance or otherwise of the debate, Arthur’s views were always taken with the respect that they deserved; especially at his senior status after so many years at the club.

So we have lost a dear friend, one of the central cogs of the workings of Newport (IW) FC;  and to Arthur’s family we offer our most sincere condolences at your sad loss and can only say thank you for allowing us a share of his time.